Solar Probe Plus, a new NASA mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before, is officially underway. The spacecraft will plunge directly into the sun's atmosphere at approximately 4 million miles from the surface into a region no other spacecraft has ever encountered. Topic: What -- Sun
Astronomers are still scratching their heads over Comet Lovejoy, which plunged through the atmosphere of the sun in December and, against all odds, survived. The comet is now receding into the outer solar system leaving many mysteries behind. Visit http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/12jan_cometlovejoy/ for more. Topic: What -- Sun
NASA's Glory spacecraft will improve our understanding of how the sun and airborne particles called aerosols (black carbons among them), affect Earth's climate. Set to launch this November, the mission is one of six highlighted in parodies of "coming attraction" trailers produced by NASA Television for a movie-themed exhibit at an international conference. To learn more about this mission, visit www.nasa.gov/glory Topic: What -- Sun
Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory believe they've discovered what could be the youngest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood -- a mere 30 years old. The "baby" black hole is a remnant of SN 1979C, a supernova in the galaxy M100 about 50 million light years from Earth. Scientists believe that SN1979C, discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1979, formed with the collapse of a star about 20 times more massive than our Sun. The object's detection provides a unique... Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- M100, What -- Opportunity, What -- Sun
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is en route to intercept a comet-- and to make history. In 2014, Rosetta will enter orbit around 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and land a probe on it for a front row seat as the comet heads toward the sun Topics: What -- Rosetta, What -- Sun
NASA 's newest Earth-observing research mission, Glory, is designed to improve our understanding of how the sun and airborne particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate. Scientists discussed the scientific objectives of this mission with the press and others at a briefing at NASA headquarters. Glory is slated to launch in February, 2011. Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- NASA Headquarters
The biggest storm on the sun in years erupted on January 22 with a huge solar flare, an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection, or CME, and a burst of fast moving, highly energetic protons that, according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, caused the strongest solar radiation storm since September 2005. Also, Global Temperatures remain warm, a famous Star Trek actress visits a NASA center, The Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge 2011 Finals, a fitness program teaching kids to Train Like An... Topics: What -- Sun, What -- FAST
It won't happen again until December 2117. On June 5th, 2012, Venus will transit the face of the sun in an event of both historical and observational importance. The best places to watch are in the south Pacific, but travel is not required. The event will also be visible around sunset from the USA. Topics: What -- Sun, Where -- Venus, ScienceCasts, Transit, Venus Source: http://youtu.be/CAb4RgqwW30
NASA's Stardust-NExT mission completed its Valentine's Day "date with a comet" with its flyby of comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14. The spacecraft's closest approach came at approximately 11:40 p.m. EST on Feb. 14. An imaging sequence of about eight minutes is expected to yield 72 high-resolution images around the time of closest approach for best-resolution coverage of Tempel 1's nucleus. At the time of closest encounter, the spacecraft was expected to be approximately 124 miles from the... Topics: What -- COMETS, What -- Deep Impact, What -- Stardust, What -- Sun
Two new movie clips from Mars give us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset and the silhouette of the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, carefully guided by researchers with an artistic sense, has recorded images used in the simulated movies. Topics: What -- Sun, What -- Moon, What -- Opportunity, What -- MRO, Where -- Mars
For the first time, NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, spacecraft, has provided a view of the entire sun, including its far side. Scientists can now gain a better understanding of the dynamic nature of our star and give earlier predictions of space weather events that can impact our technological infrastructure. Topics: What -- Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, What -- Sun, What -- STEREO
Solar storms and Northern Lights are in the offing as the sun approaches Solar Max, expected in mid-to-late 2013. Recently, Earth's defenses were tested by a volley of strong eruptions. Find out what happened in this week's explosive ScienceCast. Topics: What -- Sun, NASA, ScienceCasts, Solar, Maximum Source: http://youtu.be/UD5VViT08ME
Now that the onboard supply of frozen coolant enabling NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft to map the infrared sky has run out, a "warmed up" WISE will now focus on its secondary targets: the asteroids and comets traveling together with our solar system's planets around the sun. The NEOWISE Post-Cryogenic Mission is designed to complete the survey of the solar system and finish the second survey of the rest of the sky at its new warmer temperature of about minus 334... Topics: What -- Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, What -- Sun, What -- WISE, Where -- NASA Headquarters,...
After more than a dozen laps through the inner solar system, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will move into orbit around Mercury on March 17, 2011. The durable spacecraft — carrying seven science instruments and fortified against the blistering environs near the sun — will be the first to orbit the innermost planet. At 8:45 p.m. EDT, MESSENGER — having pointed its largest thruster very close to the direction of travel — will fire that thruster for nearly 14 minutes, with other thrusters... Topics: Where -- Mercury, What -- Sun, What -- MESSENGER, What -- Earth, Where -- Venus, What -- Mariner 10
A science briefing held at NASA Headquarters Nov. 15 discusses the discovery by astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of what could be the youngest black hole in our cosmic neighborhood -- a mere 30 years old. The "baby" black hole is a remnant of SN 1979C, a supernova in the galaxy M100 about 50 million light years from Earth. Scientists believe that SN1979C, discovered by an amateur astronomer in 1979, formed with the collapse of a star about 20 times more massive than... Topics: What -- Earth, Where -- M100, What -- Opportunity, Where -- NASA Headquarters, What -- Sun
New processing techniques used on data gathered by NASA's STEREO spacecraft will allow scientists to better track solar storms before they impact Earth. The storms called Coronal Mass Ejections, or CMEs are observed from NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, spacecraft launched in 2006. The data can now reveal a clear and detailed look at a storm's front from the sun all the way to Earth, thus reducing uncertainty of its arrival time. Plus, Curiosity's arm; NASA in NY; Stennis... Topics: What -- Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory, What -- Earth, What -- STEREO, What -- Apollo 13,...
The Stardust spacecraft has been repackaged for the Stardust-NexT mission. Stardust-NExT will rendezvous with comet Tempel 1 on February 14, giving scientists an opportunity, for the first time, to search a comet's surface for changes following its orbit around the sun. Mission scientists discussed the relevance of the mission at a briefing at NASA headquarters in Washington. Topics: What -- COMETS, What -- Sun, Where -- Washington, What -- Stardust, Where -- NASA Headquarters,...